Your child should have a reading book, a library book and reading diary. Please record any reading your child does in school or at home in the diary. We encourage reading at home at least 3 times a week to embed phonics skills and develop life long readers.
Each Thursday you will also receive a weekly newsletter to outline learning tasks and the theme for the coming week. Please look out for these because they are a key source of information and communication.
Along with the newsletter we also provide the children with home learning rainbows each week as a targeted task. 'Wow' moment rainbows are also provided to share achievements from home at school. Home Rainbows are a great way for us to work together to monitor the progress of your child's development and share success.
Department of Education Approved Learning Apps
A number of educational apps for two- to five-year-olds have received a stamp of approval from the Department for Education, to encourage parents to boost their children’s learning at home in speaking, writing and reading.
The six apps are:
- Lingumi (For two- to five-year-olds): Sets of learning games, speech recognition games and video-based games to help with a child’s grammar and getting them speaking their first words early on.
- Kaligo (For three- to five-year-olds): Handwriting
- Phonics Hero (For school-aged children): Over 850 fun, varied and motivating games take a child step-by-step through the 44 sounds, the reading and spelling of words, and how to conquer sentences.
- Teach Your Monster to Read (For school-aged children): Covers the first two years of learning to read, from matching letters and sounds to enjoying little books.
- Navigo Game (For school-aged children): Focuses on developing skills that underpin reading, including phonics and letters and sounds.
- Fonetti (For school-aged children): The world’s first ‘Listening Bookshop’ interacting with children by giving visual cues in real-time as they read aloud and highlighting where the most support is needed.
There is a rainbow for each of the 7 areas of development on of the Early Years Curriculum. One will be given each week as a focus.
We also will provide a Wow moment rainbow for achievements to be shared.